If you've begun using a stainless steel electric griddle, you're sure to need to know the best temperatures for a variety of dishes you may want to cook on it. Some of the recipes involving a griddle don't tell you the temperature that you need to make sure you heat your best stovetop griddle to, so that's what I'm going to do today. So how hot should the griddle be for French toast?
If you have a broil king pcg 10, then you probably want to try out some awesome breakfast foods in it, and your large electric griddle surely gets pretty hot.... But how hot? is the question. With your ceramic electric griddle, there are a few things you can do to make sure you get your food cooked to perfection, and temperature is part of it.
For eggs, the best temperature is about 350 degrees. The eggs don't really need to set on the griddle for more than about 15 to 20 seconds before you scramble them, too. You'll definitely want to make sure you don't let your eggs set there for too long, and then you'll want to scramble them the way you want them. They can also be served right away, so make sure you get your griddle hot enough.
For burgers, the safe minimum cooking temperature is 160 degrees, as recommended by the FDA, but of course you can get your burger hotter than that. We recommend 375 degrees for the burger, and be sure that you check the middle of the burger to make sure it's not bright pink. It's important to cook a hamburger at a high enough temperature in order to make sure it is healthy and safe to eat.
For steaks, it largely depends on your steak! If it's only 1/2 inch thick, go for about 425 to 450 degrees. If it's 3/4 to 1 inch thick, think 360 to 400 degrees. And if it's thicker than that, go for about 360 to 400 degrees and check the interior of your steak often to make sure you are cooking it thoroughly enough. You certainly want to get your steak cooked all the way through.
For bacon, we recommend 325 to 375 degrees for your griddle. You'll know your griddle is ready when you splatter water on the surface of your griddle and it sputters a bit. You can also use your griddle to cook other foods alongside the bacon, so your breakfast will all be ready on time. We highly recommend doing this!
For hash browns, we recommend medium-high on the griddle, and this could depend on what you're cooking up. If your hash browns are larger than most, then possibly turn the temperature up on your griddle. You should probably start with about 350 degrees and see where you want to go from there, depending on how they fry up. Be sure to look for the crisp edges, which let's you know they're cooking.
For your chicken breasts, you'll want to go with medium heat, or about 325 degrees. This could take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes of cooking time for your breasts. You're looking for an internal temperature of about 165 degrees, so be sure you have your meat thermometer next to you as you watch your chicken. You'll want to flip it over after about 10 minutes of cooking time.
For crepes, your designated temperature is about 375 degrees. Make sure you know, though, that crepes are thinner and cook more quickly than pancakes do. So, it's important to get the right temperature but also to watch the crepes as you cook them. They will be cooking in lots of butter, and they will burn easily because of this.
If you're cooking corn tortillas on a griddle, you're going for about medium high heat, which is about 350 degrees. You don't need to cook these for long, so go for about 20-40 seconds per side. The griddle will heat quickly, and your tortillas are so thin that you're basically going for the toasted look, which doesn't require a lot of surface time.
For hot dogs, you can use whatever you want to cook them in: bacon grease, oil, the works. But make sure you keep the heat down to medium or medium high heat. This means you'll want to cook them at about 300 to 350 degrees for as quickly as it takes to cook them all the way through. They do cook quickly, so keep an eye on them and keep your temperature at a decent low to make sure you don't overcook your dog.
For English muffins, you're going for about 350 degrees. If you have to, you can cook them in the oven for a few minutes afterwards to make sure they are finished, and you'll want to put your oven at about 350 also. They will spread out a bit on the griddle, so don't get them too close to each other! You'll probably want to flip them over after about 7 minutes of griddle time.
For French toast, you're going, once again, for about 350 degrees. Some griddles can go up too hot for your toast, so make sure you don't err this way. French toast is relatively light and fluffy, and it doesn't need to be overcooked. After you get your first side nicely browned, you can flip over your toast, and then you can cook the other side until brown.
For fish, you'll want to go for about 350 to 375 degrees. Keep in mind that fish is lighter and will cook more quickly than red meat, so make sure you check it for browning and crisping around the edges, and look to see if its texture is flaky and not dense and congealed, as if uncooked. If you have a piece of fish that you can flip over, look for these things (browning, flaky texture) before flipping to cook the other side.
For fried rice you're going for medium heat, which is about 300 to 325 degrees, if not a touch higher, depending on what all you're cooking with your rice. You can add bell pepper, peas, scallions, or anything else you like as you cook your rice on your griddle. If the rice turns brown, you know it's cooking up to be excellent. Just keep an eye on burning it!
For Korean BBQ, you'll want to make sure you get your griddle to about 350 to 375 degrees. Be careful with the oil you may be using to cook the meat; it can splatter all over the place if you're not watching your griddle as you cook. After you see the meat getting brown, or cooked, turn the meat over, and be sure that you cook it thoroughly. Remember that internal temperatures for meat are about 170 degrees, to be safe.
For pork chops, you're going for about 325 to 375 degrees on your griddle. You can use oil, and make sure you wait until the oil starts to smoke a bit before putting your pork chops on the griddle. You'll probably want to flip them over after about 5 minutes, so be sure you have your timer (and also your thermometer for meat) handy, just in case.
For potato pancakes, you're looking for a low temperature, about 200 degrees. You'll want to rely on hot oil to mostly cook your pancakes, and you're sure to cook them quickly if they're as light as most good potato pancakes are. Be sure that you flip them over after you notice them getting a bit brown around the edges. And watch out for that oil and your carpet!
For raw sausage, the cooking guideline is about 325 to 350 degrees, and you'll want to make sure you use cooking oil to make your sausage really tasty. Watch out that it gets hot enough, though, and as soon as you start to notice crisping around the edges, you can take your sausage and flip it over quickly---and then cook the other side to the same end.
For a quesadilla, you're going for about 325 degrees on your griddle. Of course, you'll want to use oil, but if your griddle is already seasoned with oil from previous times, you can skip this part. You'll want to make sure you cook for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, and be sure that you brown a bit before flipping. Then, cook the other side.
With the Reuben, you're going for medium to low heat, which is about 300 to 325 degrees. Your ideal time to turn it over is when your bread is brown and just a bit crispy, and then you can flip it and cook the other side until it looks the same. You can add all kinds of healthy vegetables like sauerkraut and tomatoes to your Reuben. Yum.
For vegetables, you're looking for about medium heat. It's important not to overcook selected vegetables, and you'll want to just get them brown and crispy on the outside without overcooking their nutrients out of existence. You'll want to make sure, once you get them on the griddle, that you allow the vegetables to carmelize. And if you're flipping the large ones over, look for the browning that lets you know they're done.
If you're cooking waffles on a griddle, you'll want to start out at high (about 425 degrees) heat and then switch to medium low or low heat as your waffles cook. This means you'll end up with about 325 degrees for your waffles. You're looking to get them slightly golden and crisp, and after you notice this on the first side, you can flip them over and cook the other side.
For Bisquick pancakes, you're going for about 375 degrees. You can use cooking spray or oil to grease your griddle, and you can also make sure you cook until your pancakes are golden brown. When you notice the first side getting there, flip them over and cook the other side. These are especially good pancakes, but make sure you don't use lumpy batter!
For scrambled eggs, you're going for about 275 to 300 degrees on your griddle. You'll want to make sure you stir your eggs gently once you pour them on (it can take up to 10 minutes to heat), and you'll cook them for about 2 minutes after the curds of egg form. Look for the kind of consistency you want, and be sure you don't overcook!
For fried eggs, you can use a higher temperature than you did for scrambled eggs, but only about 325 degrees will get your eggs cooked to perfection. For each egg, it should only take about 2 minutes to get it cooked before you turn the eggs over. Once the yolk begins to set around the edges, you know you're getting close to the eggs being finished.
For over easy eggs, you're going for about the same temperature as scrambled eggs, which is medium low (275 to 300 degrees). You'll want to make sure you resist the urge to rush your eggs cooking, and take your time getting your eggs just right at a lower temperature than seems likely for many items you can cook. These eggs don't take too long once they get on the griddle, so be sure you don't overcook!
For the omelet, you'll cook it quickly---over high heat---and it takes only about a minute to prepare, so be sure you're ready to work quickly. High heat is about 425 to 450 degrees on your griddle, and be sure you've got your griddle ready to go with about enough oil to grease it. Be sure you watch for browning and crisping of your omelet before you remove it from the surface of the heat.
Cooking salmon on a griddle is not too tough, and salmon is definitely a forgiving fish. You'll want to heat your griddle to about 325 degrees for the salmon, and you can wait until it gets tender and flaky before you turn it over. Each side will cook for about 3 to 4 minutes generally, and the salmon will look fully cooked on the inside. Then, you can turn it over.
For tortillas, it's a gamble which temperature to use, but you're best to go with about 350 degrees for 35-40 seconds per side. Remember, most tortillas are thin, and they require not as much cooking time as the other things you may be making on your griddle. Be sure that you grease your griddle ahead of time with plenty of oil, too. This adds to the taste.
For turkey bacon, you're going for about 325 to 375 degrees for your griddle. You're sure to want to keep an eye on it as you cook your bacon, and make sure you have a chance to flip it relatively quickly. Turkey bacon is best at about 170 internal temperature, or fully cooked. Look for it to get crispy and brown, and then flip it over! Delicious.
For turkey burgers, it's a lot like hamburgers, so go back to that one if you need to. You'll want to make sure you get it to 375 degrees for your griddle, and be sure to keep a meat thermometer handy if you need one. The best way to know if it's cooked is to cut it in half, and you can probably do this easily. You're looking for an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees, to be safe, but higher is better.
For zucchini, you're going for medium heat, which is about 325 degrees or so. Zucchini is light and airy for a vegetable, so you definitely don't want to overcook it. Be sure that you flip it after about 5 minutes, and stay attentive to how it looks. If it looks overcooked, it probably is. You can also make sure you grease your griddle ahead of time for best results.
As you can see, there are a number of things you can make on a griddle, and your electric griddle is just ready to use now. For more dinner recipes using a griddle, stay tuned to what we post. Just think...with a ceramic electric griddle, you can make all of these delicious recipes, and more!